LSU Senior Logan de La Barre Hays a Finalist for Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships

11/12/2013 11:02 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU senior Logan de La Barre Hays has been named a finalist for two of the world’s most prestigious international scholarships – the Rhodes Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship.

De La Barre Hays, a native of Jackson, Miss., is an Honors College and College of Humanities & Social Sciences student who is a double major in both international studies and political science with minors in Arabic, history and religious studies. She will graduate from LSU in May 2014.

“LSU is proud of Logan’s accomplishments, and we congratulate her on being named a finalist for these two outstanding scholarship opportunities,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “We look forward to watching her continue her studies, and her future work will undoubtedly be a force for positive change and cultural understanding in the Arab world.”

De La Barre Hays, who was the recipient of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship in the spring, spent this past summer in Tangier, Morocco, studying Arabic and being immersed in the Moroccan culture. She interviews for the Marshall Scholarship on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Houston and for the Rhodes Scholarship on Friday, Nov. 22, in St. Louis.

“We are all proud of Logan’s achievements that come from all of her hard work,” said Nancy Clark, dean of the LSU Honors College. “Her strong academic training, her overseas experience, and her personal commitment to the plight of all refugees arising from her experiences after Hurricane Katrina make her an outstanding candidate for both awards and a wonderful inspiration for all of our students.”

De La Barre Hays is a resident assistant in the Laville Honors Residential Program, and has also served as an Honors College peer leader, Honors College advocate, the vice president of service for the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and as a representative on the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board for Student Life & Enrollment, among numerous other activities. She received both the Honors College Outstanding Junior Award and the James Blonner Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Majors in Political Science in May.

“The College of Humanities & Social Sciences is enormously proud of Ms. De La Barre Hays – no matter what happens in the final selection,” said Gaines Foster, dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “Her interests span so many of our departments and programs; she personifies what a liberal arts education is all about and how it can contribute to a better world. And her commitment to hard work and excellence is an example for us all.”

The Marshall Scholarship

The objectives of the Marshall Scholarships are to enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the U.K.; to help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s centers of academic excellence; to motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from America to the U.K. and vice versa throughout their lives, thus strengthening British-American understanding; and to promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar.

There have been four LSU students in the past who have received the Marshall Scholarship, with Ebony Spikes in 2002 being the most recent recipient.

If she receives the Marshall Scholarship, de La Barre Hays proposes attending the London School of Economics and Political Science to study history and theory of international relations.

“My goal is to reform the international system to provide a uniformly regulated and well-funded program for the care of refugees,” de La Barre Hays said in her application statement. “Studying at the London School of Economics will provide the critical theoretical knowledge and experience I need to strengthen the international support system for the disempowered and the displaced.”

Marshall Scholarships, founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament and named in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, are special and distinguished in that scholars can come from any U.S. university and are free to choose their course of study at any U.K. institution, thus offering them maximum freedom and independence. They are the only scholarships funded substantially by Her Majesty’s Government. This provides unique and wide access and links with the British government and its peoples.

The rigorous selection process, run locally in each of eight American regions, is managed by distinguished panels from a broad spectrum of government, academia and business, many of them Marshall alumni. The life-long network of Marshall alumni facilitates continued engagement in the fostering of the trans-Atlantic relationship with attendant benefits to scholars on their return to the U.S. The Marshall Commission provides help and support for scholars to ensure that their time in the U.K. is well spent.

Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan. They express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.

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The Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. There have been 14 LSU students in the past who have received the Rhodes Scholarship, with Drew Lamonica in 1995 being the most recent recipient.

Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia, to attend Oxford University in England. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.

De La Barre Hays plans to pursue Oxford’s Master of Philosophy in international relations if she receives the Rhodes Scholarship.

“Continuing my studies at Oxford will allow me to integrate my first-hand knowledge of the Middle East with research on the causes and outcomes of social revolutions in the region, informed by topics such as ‘The Politics of the United Nations and its Agencies’ and ‘Post-Conflict State-Building,’” De La Barre Hays said in her application personal statement. “Writing a thesis and engaging with other researchers through the Oxford Centre for International Studies will enhance my ability to reform international policies towards refugees and ensure more equitable access to basic services, housing, education and political representation.”

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

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LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising

The LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created to assist students in applying for prestigious scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Mitchell, Udall, Truman and Goldwater awards. Students interested in applying for these and other scholarship opportunities or for more information on the office, contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising, at

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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013